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Culture and practice of bowling in 1950s America.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Sponsor: Bowling Proprietors Association of America
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Sports: Bowling; Recreation; Gender roles
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Where's the Pin Boys?
In high school gym class on Fridays we went bowling at the Play Mor bowling alley on Henry just east of Second Ave, in the middle of the red light district (where the school was located btw)[same high school that Diana Ross went to, btw].
Mr Fulcher would be there waiting for us to arrive so he could check us in on the attendance cards and we'd bowl eat chips and drink pepsis and try to hit the pin boys who were probably winos called in to earn a little cash (no automatic pinsetters here). Meantime, Mr Fulcher sat at the counter BS'n with the owner all the while with a large draft beer sittin' in front of him - filled to the brim as we arrived....down to the bottom by the time we left. And years later, I thought...Hmmm there were at least 7 gym classes in a day for that teacher. I wonder how Mr Fulcher managed to stagger back to the school or get home on Fridays. Wished I had gym 9th hour just to see what condition the "condition" was in.
Good film by the way, that in an honest and clear manner gives the basics of bowling. However I have yet to ever see a bowling alley with experts on the premises to offer up a lesson. Never heard of such a thing. Maybe in NYC?
Karma Hawk -
Subject: "This is the explosion point that gives good authority to a good bowler's delivery"
This films purpose is to introduce new players to the world of Bowling. The film seems to poo-poo the idea that you can actually go a turn without making eithier a strike or a spare, which is odd considering how rarely they occur outside of professional competitions. The narator also looks down on how the group seems to be teaching the newbie of the group, eventually calling in two professionals to teach her. Overall not the best, not the worst but kind of boring, thier are some good quotes for editing though.
Subject: Yes, Let's!
Ah, remember when bowling was like the high classy ting one could do in the 1950's? When men bowled in ties and women wore furs when they went to the bowling alley? Well, you can relive those moments in the delirious 'Let's Go Bowling', a film which puts bowling on the same level as, say, church going, as being the requirement of any 1950's respectable person, but remember! Only in 'approved' locations. These approved locations always have instructors who get a LITTLE too close when teaching you how to bowl, and who have their names engraved on their (bowling) balls. Oh, and this is large pin bowling. The topic of small pin bowling, with smaller balls and pins, is briefly covered here. But you'll be a wimp if you play that because a) you'll never get a strike and b) you'll be bowling by yourself as they'll be noone else around. A bowling lesson bookmarked by bizarre observations of bowling culture, this is a reccomended ridiculous romp trip through a small-gauge sport.
Steve Nordby -
Subject: "Ten big fat pins just asking for it!"
Starts by overselling bowling as a fun, healthy, wholesome, family activity that welcomes newcomers. Luckily the film's newbies have Ned and Marion, famous professionals, to instruct them. Good bowling instruction (I say as a former youth bowling league champ), and nice bit at the end of part two on etiquette. I, for one, had fun.